Waru (2017)



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Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follow one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru's death and try to find a way forward in their community. In Māori, waru means 8.

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Critic Reviews for Waru

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Perhaps not every section works. But Waru lingers, disquietingly, in the mind.

Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's contemporary Maori community, Waru brings a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Joined together, the shorts are a powerful chorus of female Maori voices united in finding a way to protect all that is vulnerable.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a remarkable achievement - authentic, impassioned, unexpected - that stands as a testament to the radical power of cooperative film-making.

Nov 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The cumulative power of this splintered portrait of community trauma creeps up on you.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A powerful piece of dramatic film-making which sheds light on the female Māori perspective.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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